Tuesday, August 7, 2012
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WINDER -- City Council members voted to approve a conditional use permit for construction of a Hardee's restaurant with a drive-thru at 113 North Broad St. in the downtown area. The special permit was required to accommodate the drive-thru portion of the restaurant.
Though several area residents and property owners spoke in opposition to the measure, council members reminded the audience that the property was already zoned for commercial use.
"A Waffle House or a used car lot could build there right now, without coming before council," said councilman Bob Dixon. "You can't stop businesses from building there."
Councilman Ridley Parrish voted against approval of the permit, citing traffic and safety concerns as his reason. Planning Board member Robert Lanham also stated his concerns about the amount of traffic the restaurant and drive-thru will generate.
Residential property rezoned to accommodate parking lot, businesses
Three parcels of property were rezoned Tuesday, despite concerns voiced by residents living on West Kimball Road in Winder. Parcels located at 118 and 122 North Broad St., and at 10 West Kimball St, will be combined into one .75 +/- acre lot are were zoned Neighborhood Commercial from Residential. Owner Bill Bramlett Jr., plans to use the newly rezoned land for a parking lot to accommodate his architectural business, his wife's printing business and the additional potential 3 or 4 businesses that could relocate to his property.
The house currently standing at West Kimball Street will be demolished. Bramlett said Tuesday that he is willing to work with homeowner Jan Witherington at 16 West Kimball St., planting a 30-foot buffer to shield her property from the parking lot.
Bramlett agreed to several other staff-imposed conditions on the rezoning, meeting with city staff members as late as Tuesday afternoon. He has a maximum of six months to demolish the house at 10 West Kimball St.